A performance, most likely by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, of Robert Moran’s “Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest.” An aleatoric piece scored for percussion ensemble, or, as is heard here, a chamber orchestra, “Elegant Journey” was composed in the mid-1960s, and featured one of Moran’s first experiments with a fully graphic score. As such it provided a challenge for the performers and listeners, who may have been unaccustomed to dealing with the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Aleatory Music
Recorded on May 20, 1971 at the first of two concerts at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, this is the first half of John Cage’s 1969 composition for solo piano, “Cheap Imitation.” This work was later revised for orchestra in 1972, and in 1977 an arrangement for violin was choreographed by Merce Cunningham, under the name of “Second hand.” The tape containing the second half of this performance was unfortunately, but perhaps somewhat appropriately, lost in a fire... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Aleatory music, New Music, Piano music
“Stereo Radio” is another inventive experimental composition by one of the early wizards of the electronic music studio, Anthony Gnazzo. Ever playful and energetic Gnazzo was well known to KPFA listeners in the 1960s and 70s for his often irreverent yet always entertaining works that explored all the conceivable possibilities offered up by early electronics, new aleatoric compositional techniques, tape manipulation, with the occasional kitchen sink occasionally thrown in for good measure.... Topics: KPFA-FM, Electronic music, Electro-Acoustic, Musique concrète, Aleatory music
“Pacific Sirens” by Robert Erickson, performed by the University of California at San Diego Players in June of 1969. The work is an aleatoric electro-acoustic composition scored for flute, clarinets, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, viola, violoncello, double bass, and tape. Beginning with electronically altered wind and surf sounds from the Pacific coast, the work gradually develops as groups of instruments introduce long, sustaining, and overlapping pitches that flawlessly match the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Aleatory music, 20th Century Classical
Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is a recording of members of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), performing Allan Bryant’s “Pitch Out” for three guitars and electronics. Musica Elettronica Viva was the premiere experimental electronic music ensembles performing live music during the 1960s and 70s. Bryant, a founding member of MEV, is an American composer noted for his reexamination of the electric guitar as a source of electronic sounds... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Aleatory music, Guitar music
Two works by Ian Underwood and Douglas Leedy, presented at a May 1965 concert on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The “Brass Quintet” was composed by Ian Underwood in April and May of 1965 for the composition seminar at U. C. Berkeley. There is no score, only a set of parts for the ensemble, which consists of two trumpets, two trombones, and French horn. On this recording the second trombone is played on a Wagner tuba. Each player’s part consists of six or seven... Topics: KPFA-FM: Music, New Music, Chamber music, Aleatory music, Brass quintets, Improvisation, Piano music
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Experimental Intermedia Foundation held a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music at Phill Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This seventh program in the series features music by Jackson Mac Low, Franz Kamin, & George... Topics: KPFA-FM, Concerts by Composers, Music, Interview, New music, Aleatory music, Electronic music,...
Guus Feist of Radio Nederland talks with the American avant-garde composer Earle Brown, who in February 1974 began a six week series of lectures and workshops sponsored by the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. Brown describes his lectures which were about the interplay between modern music, visual art, and literature, as well as his workshops, in which he taught about improvisational techniques, varying forms of musical notation, and the incorporation of multimedia elements into musical... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Nederland, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical, Aleatory
Gordon Mumma was born in 1935 in Framingham, Mass. One of the originators of the ONCE Festival, he has also established, in collaboration with Robert Ashley, several tours of contemporary music productions. Mumma’s composition “Mograph-Interleaf-Mograph” makes use of large sections of electronic music materials. The “Interleaf” section, by itself called “The Dresden Interleaf (13 February 1945) In Memoriam,” is almost entirely electronic, being composed on four-channel magnetic... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, New music, Piano music, Aleatory music
Selections from a concert of contemporary avant-garde music probably dating back to 1968 or thereabouts. This concert was most likely organized by pianist and composer Robert Moran, who was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s performing and producing concerts of experimental music, and most of the compositions included were aleatoric in nature. The first selection heard is Moran’s own “Interiors,” scored for an unspecified number of players, and performed here... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New music, Avant-garde, Brass ensembles, Aleatory music
From a program produced by Minneapolis Public Radio (MPR) and the Walker Art Center, Nigel Redden, Director for Performing Arts at the Minneapolis based Center, introduces selected performances from the 1980 New Music America Festival, which was held over nine days in June 1980. This second in a series of four programs, begins with “Pattern Study No 2” and aleatoric piece for piano saxophone, trombone, percussion and double bass, composed by Stacey Bowers. This is followed by the final... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, MPR, New Music America Festival, New music, Electro-acoustic, Aleatory music, Free jazz,...